Okay, after all the comments and speculation last week, I’ll try and keep this one brief. But in the light of reading part four, I would say MM has been rather vindicated, wouldn’t you? She certainly shows spirit and fortitude in approaching her father and sending Defarge and Lorry back when they are fretting over the knife. And some proactive behaviour at last when she takes the lead on getting her father out of Paris, while Lorry just blows his nose. I guess when her father was still theoretical, there was room for fear, but on seeing him, love conquers all (someone pass another sickbag to Mr Booley). I still stand by my admiration of Dickens’s description of MM’s fear in part three as a fantastic way of shocking the reader and building anticipation for part four, and the idea isn’t completely abandoned in this week’s episode as we see MM move from fear to love:
with hands which at first had been only raised in frightened compassion, if not even to keep him off and shut out the sight of him, but which were now extending towards him, trembling with eagerness to lay the spectral face upon her warm young breast, and love it back to life and hope
We see here at last MM stepping forward and taking control and becoming a heroine indeed. Good for her, and shame on us.